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Acupuncture Review

Mike Armour, Carolyn C Ee, Jie Hao, Tanya Marie Wilson, Sofia S Yao, Caroline A Smith
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has a history of traditional use in China for women's health conditions including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but its effectiveness for this condition remains unclear. This review examined the available evidence supporting the use of acupuncture or acupressure to treat PMS. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture or acupressure for women with PMS or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Specialised Register, Cochrane Central Register of Studies Online (CENTRAL CRSO), MEDLINE, Embase, AMED, PsycINFO, CINAHL (from inception to 21 September 2017), two clinical trial databases (from their inception to 21 September 2017), and four electronic databases in China (from their inception to 15 October 2017): Chinese Biomedical Literature database (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), VIP information/ Chinese Scientific Journals database and WANFANG...
August 14, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Tae-Hun Kim, Jung Won Kang, Myeong Soo Lee
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer survivors experience various symptoms associated with their cancer interventions, and the benefits of acupuncture for these symptoms have been evaluated in clinical trials worldwide. The purpose of this review was to discuss the current status of clinical research regarding the use of acupuncture as a part of traditional Korean medicine (KM) for various symptoms associated with breast cancer therapies. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of the literature regarding the use of acupuncture as a part of traditional KM to treat symptoms associated with breast cancer therapies...
August 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wei-Ting Liu, Liang-Ping Zhang, Mei-Feng Zheng
The correlation between meridians and viscera is the key content of the meridian theory in acupuncture medicine. This paper introduces the close relationship between the meridians running on the body surface and viscera from ancient lite-rature, modern experimental studies (such as acupoint sensitization, neuro-endocrine-immune networks, etc.), and clinical application in the treatment of various conditions with acupuncture, moxibustion, Guasha (scraping) therapies, etc. We also presented some related research ideas (i...
July 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Fangyuan Zhang, Aomei Shen, Yinghui Jin, Wanmin Qiang
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related anorexia remains one of the most prevalent and troublesome clinical problems experienced by patients with cancer during and after therapy. To ensure high-quality care, systematic reviews (SRs) are seen as the best guide. Considering the methodology quality of SRs varies, we undertook a comprehensive overview, and critical appraisal of pertinent SRs. METHODS: Eight databases (between the inception of each database and September 1, 2017) were searched for SRs on the management of cancer-related anorexia...
August 9, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Fan Jiang, Tiansong Yang, Hongna Yin, Yuhuai Guo, Hiroki Namba, Zhongren Sun, Tetsuya Asakawa
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD), but its efficacy and safety are controversial. Our previous study, which reviewed the literature from 1974 to 2012, could not find enough evidence from rigorously designed randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) to make a conclusion about the efficacy of acupuncture. Recently, more RCTs and meta-analyses have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture. The aim of our current study is to provide updated information in brief on this topic...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Pamela Kaiser, Daniel P Kohen, Melanie L Brown, Rebecca L Kajander, Andrew J Barnes
While pediatric integrative medicine (PIM) emphasizes an "evidence-based practice using multiple therapeutic modalities"; paradoxically, literature reviews examining the prevalence and/or efficacy of such mind⁻body approaches often address PIM modalities separately. Such contributions are relevant, yet documentation of how to deliver combined complementary approaches in children and youth are scarce. Nevertheless, integrative practitioners in clinical practice routinely mix approaches to meet the individual needs of each patient...
August 7, 2018: Children
Yvette S Zeng, Connie Wang, Kristina E Ward, Anne L Hume
CONTEXT: The aim of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by treating their symptoms and adverse effects. Hospice care also aims for this for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. When conventional therapies do not provide adequate symptom management or produce their own adverse effects, patients, families and caregivers may prefer complementary or alternative approaches in their care. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the available evidence on the use of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) in hospice and palliative care and to summarize their potential benefits...
August 1, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Lei Xu, YouKang Dong, Min Wang, LiQiu Chen, ZeRong Zhang, DongSheng Su, Feng Zhang, Zhen Lei, WeiYong Xu, Kuete Kamtsop Christian Didier, YuanHao Du
BACKGROUND: Balance dysfunctions in stroke survivors are common and have significant impact on functional independence and rehabilitation. As a crucial technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been used widely for balance dysfunctions after stroke, although its effective evidence is not clear. Hence, we plan this systematic review protocol to evaluate the value of its efficacy and safety for balance dysfunctions after stroke. METHODS: We will search the databases from the publishment to April 2018: Web of Science, PubMed, Medline, Cochrane Library, EBASE, WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, Wanfang, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, Chinese Scientific Journal Database (VIP), and China National Knowledge Infrastructure...
August 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yu Zhang, Ziqing Li, Fan Han
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional intestinal disease characterized by chronic or recurrent abdominal pain, abdominal distension, constipation and diarrhea. Many IBS sufferers are usually present with poor quality of life for the abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, and other complaints. At present, the commonly used drug therapy for IBS in the Western clinic, such as antidiarrheal, laxative, gastrointestinal antispasmodic, often cannot get satisfying curative effect...
August 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Carol Chunfeng Wang, Ruifang Zhu, Li Ge, Catalin Tufanaru, Sara Bayes, Gideon De Jong
The review question is: what is the best available evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for women with postnatal depression?
August 2, 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Rodrigo de Lima Pimentel, Alice Pereira Duque, Beatriz Robert Moreira, Luiz Fernando Rodrigues
Acupuncture, for the westerns countries, is an innovative and low-cost therapy for treatment and prevention of CVDs. However, most of its effects and mechanisms are poorly understood. Thus, the objective of this work was to systematically review the literature regarding the clinical effects of acupuncture for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). A search for papers published, in English or Portuguese ​​in the past 20 years, was conducted at PubMed, SciELO, and PEDro databases...
July 27, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Huda A Anshasi, Muayyad Ahmad
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There currently exist many systematic reviews aimed at assessing acupuncture and related therapy effectiveness in cancer-related pain management. However, the methodological quality of existing systematic reviews remains unclear. The purpose of this review was to summarize and evaluate the methodological quality of these systematic reviews and meta-analyses papers. METHODS: A comprehensive search on multiple databases was performed using Assessing the Methodological Quality of Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR)...
August 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Jun-Ping Wei, Qiu-Hong Wang, Hui-Juan Zheng, Fan Wei
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the common endocrinology diseases that greatly affects the health care sector and economy. Application of hypoglycemic drugs has its own drawbacks and the use of non-drug therapy on treating T2DM has drawn much attention recently. This paper reviewed the research development of the non-pharmacological interventions on T2DM in recent years, including dietary therapy, exercise therapy, psychotherapy, acupuncture and moxibustion therapies and so on. The authors mentioned the problems in the research of non-drug treatment for blood glucose control of T2DM and put forward new ideas for the research in the future...
July 25, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Ki-Ho Cho, Tae-Hun Kim, Woo-Sang Jung, Sang-Kwan Moon, Chang-Nam Ko, Seung-Yeon Cho, Chan-Yong Jeon, Tae Young Choi, Myeong Soo Lee, Sang-Ho Lee, Eun Kyoung Chung, Seungwon Kwon
Introduction: Pharmacoacupuncture is a new acupuncture treatment that stimulates acupuncture points by injecting herbal medicine into them. Recently, pharmacoacupuncture has been widely used in the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson's disease in traditional East Asian medicine. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of pharmacoacupuncture in the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Methods: The following electronic databases were searched for studies published in or before December 2016: Medline, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), EMBASE, OASIS, and CNKI, without language restriction...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Cinthia S M Amorim, Adriana S Espirito Santo, Marjorie Sommer, Amélia P Marques
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this literature review was to examine the effect of physical therapy in bruxism treatment. METHODS: The data sources used were Medline, Excerpta Medica Database, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Physiotherapy Evidence Database, SPORTDiscus, Scientific Electronic Library Online, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Scopus, and Literatura Latino-Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde. We included randomized and nonrandomized and controlled and noncontrolled clinical trials and interventions focused on physical therapy as treatment for sleep bruxism or awake bruxism...
June 2018: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
XinQi Dong, Ke Li
Older adults disproportionately experience musculoskeletal symptoms, which are associated with morbidity and mortality. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an important part of Chinese culture and for millennia have been used to maintain health. This article aims to examine the association between musculoskeletal symptoms and different subtypes of TCM usage. Data were collected through the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (PINE) study, a community-engaged, epidemiological study of a U.S. Chinese population...
January 2018: Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
Xiaoxu Liu, Zongshi Qin, Xiaoming Zhu, Qin Yao, Zhishun Liu
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been used as a potential therapy for alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS), but evidence for its effects on this condition is limited. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects and safety of acupuncture for AWS. DATA SOURCES: Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, Chinese Biomedicine Literature (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and Wan-Fang Database were searched from their inception to August 2016...
July 20, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Juan V A Franco, Tarek Turk, Jae Hung Jung, Yu-Tian Xiao, Stanislav Iakhno, Virginia Garrote, Valeria Vietto
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of non-pharmacological therapies for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a comprehensive search using multiple databases, trial registries, grey literature and conference proceedings with no restrictions on the language of publication or publication status. The date of the latest search of all databases was August 2017. We included randomised controlled trials. Inclusion criteria were men with a diagnosis of CP/CPPS...
July 18, 2018: BJU International
Ying Li, Xiaoyang Zhang, Fei Bao, Aijun Sun
OBJECTIVE: To grasp the clinical efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of primary insomnia (PI), and analyze its future research directions. METHODS: A total of 41 prospective randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were conducted in which the clinical efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of PI was compared with sedative and hypnotic drugs in recent six years by searching databases of CNKI, WANFANG database, PubMed, and BioMed Central (BMC), the aspects of diagnostic criteria, efficacy standards, observation time, control drugs, characteristics of acupoint selection and regularity were used to review and analyse...
July 12, 2018: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Shan Jiang, Lijian Zhang, Jingsheng Zhao
The issue on the acupuncture clinical service mode has been early proposed by the scholars. The acupuncture clinical service mode is still existed as the department of acupuncture in TCM hospital nowadays. But this pattern has brought the inconvenience and issues between physicians and patients. In the study, through reviewing briefly the history of acupuncture hospital since the foundation of the People's Republic of China, the authors explained why taking the Hospital of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS) as the object...
July 12, 2018: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
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